Health Your Self: What’s Really Driving Your Care And How To Take Charge


“Veteran former Time health reporter and host of public radio’s Dueling Docs: The Cure to Contradictory Medicine, Janice M. Horowitz, deftly exposes background forces that can compromise care.” —Newsweek

“Janice M. Horowitz has written a terrific new book, Health Your Self, that offers smart advice to be your best health advocate.” —PBS’s Next Avenue

Learn how to spot—and outsmart—behind-the-scenes influences at work every time your doctor writes a prescription, orders a test, or selects a treatment plan.

Know what’s driving your doctor’s decisions—and how to protect yourself.

Through compelling real-life stories, Health Your Self reveals the forces that compromise your medical care, and arms you with the tools to navigate around them.

  • When a doctor refers you to a colleague in a hospital, there’s a hidden influence: he gets a bonus.
  • When a psychiatrist prescribes medication to school children, it might have more to do with the colossal overreach of drug companies than something your kids actually need.
  • When you are handed unnecessary painkillers at urgent care, the doctor could be bucking for a five-star rating on a patient satisfaction survey. Enough of those, he gets a raise.

Health Your Self turns you into a smart, practical—and brave—healthy skeptic.

“Backed with her twenty years of health reporting for Time, Janice M. Horowitz produced this eminently readable guide that empowers you to get the healthcare you really need. More knowledge, less waste, better care.” —Frank Lalli, the Health Care Detective™ at NPR’s Robin Hood Radio

 “This is a controversial book and I’m ready for the tough questions my patients are bound to ask after reading it.” —Jane Farhi, Cardiologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City

“Finally, your own personal and portable patient advocate! Chock full of personal stories, this book is a public service. You’ll wind up the smartest person in the waiting room.” —Lillie Rosenthal, D.O., New York City

Health Your Self takes you behind the privacy curtain. When you turn the last page, you realize you were just handed everything it takes to get the best medical care possible.” —Leslie Laurence, Co-author of Outrageous Practices